House Republicans to Question FBI Agent About Anti-Trump Texts

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page subpoenaed by House panel for private interview

Former FBI attorney Lisa Page will not appear for a private interview with two House committees despite being subpoenaed, her attorney told Fox News Tuesday.

Page was subpoenaed to provide a deposition behind closed doors on Wednesday, but she didn't appear under Jeffress's advice.

A former FBI lawyer who was involved in investigations of both Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump on Wednesday rejected a Congressional subpoena to testify on allegations of anti-Trump bias in those probes. Trump tweeted. "Read his hate filled and totally biased Emails and the answer is clear!"

Strzok is scheduled to appear for a public hearing later this week, according to reports.

Trump and his supporters contend that bias tainted the early stages of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In one of the exchanges, Strzok wrote "we'll stop it" in reference to a potential Trump election win.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal earlier this year, Trump said the text between Strzok and Page amounted to "treason" and had exposed an Federal Bureau of Investigation plot against him.


"Despite repeated promises by Republicans that they would not interfere with the ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, they asked hundreds of questions during our recent interview of Peter Strzok demonstrating that their investigation has become exactly that - an attempt to obstruct Special Counsel Mueller's work and act as President Trump's defense counsel", Mr. Cummings said.

"Congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional", House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday, promising that "we will do what we need to do to protect this branch of government".

There was no immediate response to that from Jeffress.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) was displeased by the letter from Page's lawyer. She added that Page first needed clarification about what the lawmakers would be asking and access to Federal Bureau of Investigation documents.

The summary said Republicans asked questions like, "I don't mean to embarrass you, but is Lisa Page someone that you do or at some point in time did love?" and, "So what I'm trying to establish through all of that is, was Lisa Page someone that you cared about deeply at the time you were sending these messages?" Page had already left that investigation by the time that happened. If a majority is in favor of contempt, the full House would then vote on a resolution. Because they would not, "Lisa is not going to appear for an interview at this time".

The committees have focused much of their ire on Strzok, who was interviewed privately by lawmakers on the two committees for 11 hours June 27.

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